Forum Merging

Discussion in 'The Help Desk' started by gul, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. gul

    gul Revolting Beer Drinker Administrator Formerly Important

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    Dinner suggested in the Violet Room thread that we should consider merging and/or pairing down the overall forum structure. He and a couple of other people elaborated on the idea, but such a discussion deserves its own thread.

    I have mixed feelings on it. On the one hand, my own sense of organization does find a simpler, less cluttered structure to me more elegant. But at the same time, I recognize that many of our current forums have a particular history and purpose that we may want to preserve.

    Whether we merge some or leave things as is, all of the posts and threads will still exist, the content that is Wordforge will still be here, and Wordforge will still be what it is.

    Also, I'll get the first, obligatory suggestion out of the way: hey fucker, why don't you merge the Red and Violet Rooms?

    Anything else? Discuss!
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  2. Dinner

    Dinner 2012 & 2014 Master Prognosticator

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    I am glad you guys have decided to consult us first this time. Thank you. Yes, rwducing the number of forums will make the remaining forums appear more busy and thus more attractive to new people who check the place out.
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  3. Soma

    Soma OMG WTF LOL STFU ROTFL!!!

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    Merge all the forums into one: The Rainbow Room.
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  4. gul

    gul Revolting Beer Drinker Administrator Formerly Important

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    One idea I definitely liked was dropping the introductions forum. A single pinned thread in the Helpdesk is probably sufficient to that purpose.
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  5. Zombie

    Zombie dead and loving it

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    Campforge can go into Green Room.

    Press Start goes into Media.

    TK Sanctuary, Introductory, Starscape Lounge, Violet Room into the trash.
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  6. Amaris

    Amaris Witchy Woman

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    Just for that, I'm pinning the Starscape Lounge on top of everything, putting it all in bold, and having it flash neon colors.
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  7. Fisherman's Worf

    Fisherman's Worf Hamachi is a fish best served cold

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    Over my dead body.
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  8. Zombie

    Zombie dead and loving it

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    Done. :bergman:
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  9. Volpone

    Volpone Zombie Hunter

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    It gives me the creeping heebie jeebies to say it, but Chup nailed it: Red Room, Green Room, Media Central, and Blue Room. I hadn't thought about how to fold the existing threads into them, but the solutions suggested above seem to make the nut. :)
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  10. El Chup

    El Chup Fuck Trump Deceased Member Git

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    As I said in the Violet Room thread...
    The 11 pos reps I got for it would seem to suggest this idea has legs.
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  11. tafkats

    tafkats That'll put marzipan in your pie plate, bingo! Moderator

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    I'll just paste what I said in the Shelter thread to save time...

    I'm not a fan of more mergers. I would be if we had an unmanageable number of forums, like those boards where every single season of a TV show has to have its own section or whatever, but I don't think we do.

    And, even though I may be the only one who cares, I would like to reinstate the Gold Room. (The "general advice, harness-the-collective-intelligence-of-Wordforge" forum.) Not only was it useful and a lot of fun to just browse through, but I think it might even have helped the atmosphere -- it was a room whose sole purpose was for members to be helpful to each other.
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  12. El Chup

    El Chup Fuck Trump Deceased Member Git

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    There is no reason The Green Room can't be used for what the Gold Room was.
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  13. Spaceturkey

    Spaceturkey you can't spell hatred without "red hat"

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    Hell, if Volp, Chup, Zombie, and me are all agreeing on the same solution either the world is about to end or it's likely the right one.
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  14. Jan Jansen

    Jan Jansen Has wares if you have coin

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    I agree. Press Start is and has always been a wasteland, but it is a WF tradition.
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  15. Dinner

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    All more forums result in is dead forums with no activity. New posters show up, she posts from two years ago on the first page, and then leave because the forum is obviously dead.

    As an added benefit fewer mods will be needed.
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  16. Dinner

    Dinner 2012 & 2014 Master Prognosticator

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    Meh, it is media. Folks will get used to talking about video games there.
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  17. Jan Jansen

    Jan Jansen Has wares if you have coin

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    But.... but.... Tradition! Fuck your cold logic and rationality, and fuck you!

    ;)
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  18. Volpone

    Volpone Zombie Hunter

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    Well the Cubs DID beat the Indians in the World Series. And Trump is going to be President...
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  19. Spaceturkey

    Spaceturkey you can't spell hatred without "red hat"

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    True, but baseball is boring and this last election was a choice of which testicle Americans wanted to crush in a car door...
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  20. Lanzman

    Lanzman Vast, Cool and Unsympathetic Formerly Important

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    Techforge is a memorial of sorts to Techman, so I'd really like to see that one remain.

    Otherwise Red, Green, Blue, and Media. Violet is just silly and should fold back into Red.
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  21. K.

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    I mostly like this idea (though we'd desperately need a colour for Media Central in that case), but I wonder whether the smaller, more specific fora inspire more topics. For instance, you certainly can start a thread on black holes in the Green Room, but would some posters even think of such content for WF if Techforge weren't there?
  22. El Chup

    El Chup Fuck Trump Deceased Member Git

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    This presumes the board members are idiots. I say give them the benefit of the doubt.

    As for the colour for Media Central - Silver. ;)
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  23. K.

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    You're new here, I gather?
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  24. The Night Funky

    The Night Funky BMF Staff Member Moderator

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  25. Ancalagon

    Ancalagon outta my way Administrator Formerly Important

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    Colors for rooms isnt very descriptive. Keep Red Room for tradition, and Blue b/c it is hidden from newbs anyway, but change Green and Violet. Preserve Media Central name.
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  26. El Chup

    El Chup Fuck Trump Deceased Member Git

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    Each room has a description under it on the main page. :rolleyes:
  27. Ancalagon

    Ancalagon outta my way Administrator Formerly Important

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    Over half of traffic now is mobile and the descriptions don't show up on mobile.
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  28. El Chup

    El Chup Fuck Trump Deceased Member Git

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    How much of that traffic isn't bots and existing members?
  29. Fisherman's Worf

    Fisherman's Worf Hamachi is a fish best served cold

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    Speaking as a bot and an existing member, not very much.
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  30. Dayton Kitchens

    Dayton Kitchens Banned

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    The only "Forum merging" I'm interested in is Wordforge absorbing the TrekBBS and being allowed to flog their members for a number of years to come.

    Sounds reasonable.
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